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Two Gilmour Academy Student-Athletes to Sign NCAA Letters of Intent
Gilmour student-athletes Andrew Bieber and Danny Urban will sign NCAA Letters of Intent at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, November 14 in the Gilmour Athletic Center. Bieber, who will also turn 18 that day, will sign to play golf at Duke University in Durham, N.C. Urban will sign to play baseball at St. Bonaventure in Allegany, N.Y.
Bieber came to Gilmour as a sophomore after relocating to Cleveland with his family. He has played on the Varsity Golf team each year and has been named to the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) All-Ohio First-Team and the Northeast Ohio Golf Coaches Association First-Team each year. During his first season as a Lancer in 2010, he finished as an individual medalist at the Division III District Tournament. At the state tournament, the team won the Division III state championship and Bieber finished tied for fourth place. Last year, he was an individual medalist at both the sectional and district tournaments. The team went on to finish sixth at the state tournament and Bieber was the Division III individual state champion.
This season, as team captain, Bieber retained his state champion title, making him only the 13th dual champion in state history. He set a low score record of 144 for the state championship held at NorthStar Golf Club. He was named to the Ohio High School Golf Coaches Association (OHSGCA) Academic All-Ohio Team, was the Northeast Division III District and Sectional runner-up, was named the McDonald’s Player of the Week on News Channel 5 and was an individual medalist at the Archbishop Hoban Invitational where he set a tournament record low score with a 66.
Additionally, Bieber qualified for the U.S. Open sectional at age 16 and qualified for the U.S. Junior Amateur for three consecutive years in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
Bieber is a member of the National Honor Society, has earned the highest honor roll and has been named to the HP Scholastic Honor Roll twice. He intends to major in neuroscience and psychology and minor in theology or philosophy. He says he chose Duke because of its “unique combination of academics and athletics” as well as “the wonderful climate and the ability to practice at their incredible facilities even during the winter months.”
The Gilmour golf team is coached by Charlie Tremont and Anne Caja. In describing Bieber, Tremont says, “Andrew is a rare high school athlete because he not only makes his team better because of his abilities, but Andrew works with individual teammates to help them improve their games during the season. His priority is not individual accomplishment, but rather, team success.” Caja adds, “Andrew embodies the characteristics of the student-athlete. He succeeds in golf and the classroom due to his passion and desire to excel. He strives for perfection and works toward that goal with countless hours of practice before and after school while maintaining a 3.9 GPA.”
Danny Urban has played varsity baseball for Gilmour since his sophomore year, earning Team Rookie of the Year and Honorable Mention All-Cuyahoga River Baseball Conference honors that year. Last season, his junior year, he earned Gilmour’s Most Valuable Player and Offensive Player of the Year honors as well as being named All-Sun Messenger and a News-Herald All Star. Urban currently plays shortstop, but will most likely move to third base at the college level. During his junior season, he had a .438 batting average, 23 RBIs, 23 runs, two home runs, a slugging percentage of .658, an on-base percentage of .568 and only four strikeouts in 95 plate appearances.
Urban has also played basketball for Gilmour for the past three years, earning a varsity letter last season, and is part of the Olweus bullying prevention program, the Investment Club and works on the yearbook.
He is considering majoring in business at St. Bonaventure. When asked how he decided on St. Bonaventure, Urban says, “At the end of the day, it was the best fit. The academics, athletics and social aspects of it fit me very well.” He adds, “It’s important to me that I will still be getting a Catholic education.” Head varsity baseball coach Jay Fowler says, “Danny is a very gifted baseball player whose passion and dedication to the game of baseball has provided him a great opportunity. St. Bonaventure will be getting more than just a baseball player, but a well-rounded individual who will garner success both on and off the field of play.”
Gilmour Academy is a Catholic, independent, coeducational, college-preparatory school. It is sponsored by the Congregation of Holy Cross, Notre Dame, Ind., and offers a Montessori preschool program, Lower School, Middle School and Upper School. A boarding program is offered to students in Grades 7 through 12. It is located at 34001 Cedar Road in Gates Mills, Ohio.